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Reel Big Fish Named as Opening Band for Spring Weekend Concert

By Matthew F. Palmer

Reel Big Fish have been announced as the opening act for the venerable They Might Be Giants at this year’s Spring Weekend concert.

The California band, who recently released their second album, Everything Sucks, will head to MIT after a brief performance series in Disneyland.

They Might Be Giants last performed at the Spring Concert seven years ago, after 10,000 Maniacs cancelled.

“Reel Big Fish should be a great compliment to They Might Be Giants,” said Spring Weekend Committee co-chairman Douglas E. Heimburger ’00.

Some students agreed, but others were less thrilled.

“I like They Might Be Giants,” said Christopher S. Osborn ’01. “I didn’t like the last two years’ bands.”

“Reel Big Fish makes [the concert] a lot better,” said Ellen E. Kim ‘03.

“I’m not familiar with Reel Big Fish,” said David L. Ferris G. “But I’ll probably participate in Spring Weekend.”

“They Might Be Giants and Reel Big Fish are just twinkie rock,” said Patrick J. Nichols ’03.

The two bands mark a dramatic change from last year’s headline performer, hip-hop artist Busta Rhymes.

Tickets on sale after spring break

The weekend concert will be held Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Athletic Center.

Tickets will be sold at the Source beginning Tuesday, March 28 at noon. Prices are $7 for MIT students and $12 for guests with a valid college ID, Heimburger said.

Other Spring Weekend highlights include the International Student Association’s International Fair, Alpha Chi Omega’s lip sync contest, and the Johnson Games.

The Johnson Games, which will be held on Saturday April 29, features students, faculty, and staff competing in athletic and academic games. Over two thousand people participated in 1991, the last time the games were held. Heimburger said he expects an equally large turnout this year.

The games will be followed by a community wide barbeque at 2:30 p.m. Planning is also currently underway for a Saturday night party on multiple floors of the Student Center, funded in part by the Dormitory Council.

Spring Weekend is expected to cost $60,000.

Money left over from last year’s Spring Weekend helped to lower ticket costs this year, Heimburger said. $30,000 will come from a joint annual contribution from the Undergraduate Association and the Graduate Student Council, according to a press release.

Heimburger thought the wide range of activities would attract a broad crowd.

“It brings the community together when the weather’s nice,” Heimburger said.

I-Fair showcases world cultures

Student groups representing many foreign cultures will come together during this year’s International Fair. Last year, over 100 countries and 50 student groups were represented at the event..

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Kresge Oval, ending just before Reel Big Fish takes the stage in Johnson.

Naveem M. Mowlah ’03 said she expects a strong turnout because the I-fair should be “colorful and lively.” Highlights of this year’s event include booths for each student group, a cultural fashion show, and ethnic food.

Lip sync contest for charity

The Alpha Chi Omega sorority will again host its popular lip sync competition during Spring Weekend. Proceeds will be donated to charity.

This year’s beneficiaries will be the Cambridge Family and Children’s Society and the MacDowell Colony, a charity dedicated to young artists.

AXO has moved its competition to the center of the Spring Weekend agenda. In previous years, the sorority held its event before Spring Break. “We’re trying something new this year,” said event co-chair Tracy C. Huang ’01.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 27 in the Johnson Athletic Center. Tickets will be sold for $4 in Lobby 10 and will cost $5 at the door.

Groups of students will perform their songs, and a judging panel of professors and others will award prizes to the best teams.

Last year, the competition raised over $2,000 for the Cambridge-based Bridge Over Troubled Water Foundation charity.